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Rite Aid, UFCW Reach New Deal

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Rite Aid have reached a tentative agreement on new labor contracts covering about 2,600 workers in the company's stores in Greater Philadelphia, the Reading area and Northeast Pennsylvania, the union said.

The agreement, which is being recommended for ratification by the union bargaining committee, replaces a deal that expired in 2008. The new contract would expire on September of 2014.

"The negotiations were challenging because they took place during a difficult economic period," Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, said in a statement. "But our bargaining committee and representatives of the company persevered. We look forward to building on our relationship and creating a more secure future for our members – one in which they and the company succeed."